SO, WE finally have a mayor and council.

It's been a long time since election day and it's odd to think that it was over a week before our mayor could be declared - but that's the face of Queensland politics.

It's quite a shame in some ways.

One could guess that feeling of elation that would have come for one, and dejection for the other, would have long disappeared and now it has become a relatively flat result, emotionally.

Our eight councillors have had it much easier - they were secure in their jobs almost on polling night, even though the final votes hadn't been counted.

We now have three new councillors, Karen Porter, Leo Neill-Ballantine and Ren Lanzon; and the other five, including Cr Sellers, served on the last council.

They all have a big job ahead of them.

The issues in the Gladstone region are probably greater than in many other parts of the state, mainly created by the pressure on our region's infrastructure as a result of the industrial construction boom.

That pressure places all of our region's people under immense strain - directly or indirectly.

It could be the severe increases in the cost of rental housing, the lack of tourist accommodation, or the strain on our sporting fields.

In some way every person is affected, and our councillors will be required to reduce that impact wherever they can.

For the new councillors, the next few months will be challenging.

They will find that there is a great deal more to holding public office than they had ever expected, and their time will seldom be their own.

They can certainly expect to field phone calls at all times of the day and night about all manner of problems.

The future of our region lies heavily on their shoulders.

People will be keeping a close eye to make sure they act in our best interest.

They all have a big job ahead of them.



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